“Hookin' Up”: Dating preference and sexual practices of San Francisco Bay Area API Young Adults
Methods: Using snowball and convenience sampling, 466 A&PI aged 18-24 residing in four SF Bay Area counties completed a risk behavior screening survey targeting at risk A&PI young adults from two public universities, community, club, and HIV testing events. The abstract sample focuses on Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Multi-Ethnic/Racial (MER). Chi-square statistics were used to determine associations between ethnicity, dating preferences and protective sexual practices.
Results: MER had the highest percentage for preference of a sexual partner not like themselves, while Filipinos had the highest percentage for a preference of a sexual partner like themselves (p=.00). Filipinos had the lowest rates for protected vaginal sex, while MER had the highest rates (p=.00). For non-like partners, MER still had the highest rates for protected vaginal sex (p=.00).
Conclusions: Sexual partner preference was strongly associated with the MER. Filipinos exhibited lowest rates of protective vaginal sex, with a stronger preference for same-ethnicity sexual partner. Findings may suggest that young Filipinos believe dating within one’s own ethnic group as a safer “sexual” practice.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Identify sexual practices as they relate to ethnic preference of sexual partner among Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) young adults Assess current social norms around sexual health practices among A&PI young adults
Keyword(s): Asian Americans, Sexuality
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a trained behavioral scientist and have done community evaluation work in sexual health for at least 15 years, and mores specifically sexual health work among the Asian and Pacific Islander community for the past 10 years. The abstract is based on my most recent evaluation endeavors in documenting the impact of a sexual health program for young Asian and Pacific Islander adults. And I have no conflicts of interest to reveal.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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